Cornelia Funke’s Top 5 Writing Tips

Marcus Riddle's Blog

So today we talk about the extremely talented German childrens writer. She is more known for her Inkheart trilogy, but I have to say that some of her others are equally as good. Especially Dragon Rider, and The Thief Lord.

1. “Keep a piece of paper and a pen always close by. Like a moleskin notebook. Because the best ideas always come out of nowhere.”

2. “When you really want to start writing about something, make sure you are really, really passionate about it.”

3. “If somebody says to you: ‘Things are this way. You can’t change it.’ Don’t believe a word.”

4. “Read. Be curious.”

5. “Books have to be heavy because the whole world’s inside them.”

That’s it for this week.

Thanks

Hope you all have a great week

M. Riddle

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The Reader by Traci Chee

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Alright, I just finished this book about two hours ago, so it’s still fresh on my mind. So let’s get on to it.

Rating: 4 / 5

Sefia’s aunt, Nin, was kidnapped by people who want a mysterious object that Sefia’s been carrying all her life but know virtually nothing about. It turns out, this object is a book, a magical thing that tells stories. But not just any stories. It contains everything that has ever happened in history and that will happen in the future. And those who are after it will stop at nothing to get it back. Continue reading “The Reader by Traci Chee”

Data Science and Social Impact

Data scientist Cathy O’Neil comments on how algorithms — “under the guise of math, fairness, and objectivity — reinforce and magnify the old biases and power dynamics that we hoped they would eliminate.”

via Cathy O’Neil on the Cold Destructiveness of Big Data — Discover


As a computer scientist, this is the kind of thing I’m concerned about. And very few people are sadly aware of it. It’s difficult for computers to solve problems that we, humans, don’t already know how to solve either.